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Dossier: European Report on Development (ERD)


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The European Report on Development (ERD) is an influential and independent report that is published since 2009. It aims to stimulate debate and research on topics of major relevance for development and to enhance the European perspective in international development.

The report is currently supported by the European Commission and four Member States – Finland, France, Germany and Luxembourg. Since 2011, ECDPM forms part of the research consortium that prepares the ERD.

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European Report on Development 2015

Interview with ECDPM’s James Mackie on the European Report on Development 2015.

The fifth edition of the European Report on Development (ERD 2015), launched in May 2015, has the theme of “Combining finance and policies to implement a transformative post-2015 development agenda”.

It aims to address financing and other means of implementation in the post-2015 context in order to bring the post-2015 finance and goal setting processes together. The report provides an overview of development finance needs and supply, and the impact other means of implementation can have on the availability and effectiveness of finance. It includes country illustrations from Bangladesh, Mauritius, Tanzania, Ecuador, Indonesia and Moldova.

Launch of the report

The ERD 2015 was launched on 4 May 2014 in Brussels by the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica. 

Speaking at the launch, Commissioner Mimica said: “The post-2015 agenda is a major priority for the EU. Eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development are two of the most pressing challenges facing the world today. They are also fundamentally interlinked: there can be no poverty eradication without sustainable development, and vice versa. Today’s report is a valuable research-based and independent contribution to our thinking and to the global debate on the post-2015 agenda.”


ERD team

The European Commission and Finland, France, Germany and Luxembourg have commissioned the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the German Development Policy Institute (DIE), the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), the University of Athens (Department of Economics, Division of International Economics and Development) and the Southern Voice Network to produce the fifth ERD.

The team leader is Dirk Willem te Velde. Other team members are James Mackie (ECDPM), Peter Wolff, Louka Katseli, Debapriya Bhattacharya, Gillian Hart, Leah Worrall.

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Previous ERD editions


European Report on Development 2013

Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future.. read more


European Report on Development 2011-2012

Confronting Scarcity: Managing Water, Energy and Land for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth.. read more


ERD videos and documents


ERD 2013 video (English)

ERD 2013 video (French)

ERD 2013 video (Spanish)